Mu­se­ums

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BECHTLER MU­SEUM OF MOD­ERN ART

This mod­ern art mu­seum, housed in­side a vis­ually strik­ing build­ing de­signed by Swiss Ar­chi­tect Mario Botta, con­tains a col­lec­tion of 20th-cen­tury art, much of which has never be­fore been avail­able for pub­lic view­ing. The col­lec­tion in­cludes works by Warhol, Miró and Pi­casso, among oth­ers. Short on time? Don’t miss the de­light­ful

food at the mu­seum’s café. Ad­mis­sion: $4-$8. Open M and W-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. www.bechtler.org 420 S. Tryon St., 704.353.9200. Map 2, E5

CAROLI­NAS AVI­A­TION MU­SEUM

Lo­cated at the Char­lotte-Dou­glas In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the mu­seum dis­plays his­toric air­craft and ar­ti­facts that tell sto­ries of flight and avi­a­tion from the Wright Broth­ers un­til now. It’s also home to US Air­ways Flight 1549 from the “Mir­a­cle on the Hud­son” emer­gency land­ing. The air­craft col­lec­tion at the mu­seum in­cludes com­mer­cial, mil­i­tary, civil/gen­eral avi­a­tion and he­li­copters. Ad­mis­sion: $8-12. Open M-F 10 am-4 pm, Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su 1-5 pm. www.car­oli­nasavi­a­tion.org 4672 First Flight Drive, 704.997.3770. Map 1, A6

THE CHAR­LOTTE MU­SEUM OF HIS TORY

This mu­seum’s cen­ter­piece is the the 240-year-old, 18th-cen­tury Hezekiah Alexan­der Home­site, the old­est sur­viv­ing struc­ture in Meck­len­burg County. Ex­hibits this month: “Char­lotte’s Road to Rev­o­lu­tion: Paint­ings by North Carolina Artist Dan Nance,” through June 15. Guided tours of­fered on the hour noon-4 pm. Open Tu-Sa 11 am-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $5-10. www.char­lot­te­mu­seum.org 3500 Sham­rock Drive, 704.568.1774. Map 1, D5

DIS­COV­ERY PLACE SCIENCE & IMAX DOME THE­ATRE

This top fam­ily at­trac­tion fea­tures hands-on fun where guests can walk the rain for­est, en­joy jaw-drop­ping ex­per­i­ments or won­der at the un­der­wa­ter world in the aquar­ium. Be­come im­mersed in larger-than-life IMAX ad­ven­tures or the eye-pop­ping 3-D the­ater where science and na­ture spring to life. Plus, ex­pe­ri­ence daily pro­gram­ming that stim­u­lates the senses and imag­i­na­tion. Ad­mis­sion: $5-17. Open M-F 9 am-4 pm, Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. www.science.dis­cov­ery­place.org 301 N. Tryon St., 704.372.6261. Map 2, G4

HAR­VEY B. GANTT CEN­TER FOR AFRI CAN-AMER­I­CAN ARTS + CUL­TURE

This mu­seum ex­plores the cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences of African-Amer­i­can life through the cen­turies. The Gantt Cen­ter’s per­ma­nent ex­hibit, “The John and Vi­vian He­witt Col­lec­tion of African Amer­i­can Art,” fea­tures works from Char­lotte-born Ro­mare Bear­den, Jonathan Green, El­iz­a­beth Catlett and more. Cur­rent Ex­hibit: “Zun Lee: Fa­ther Fig­ure, through July 8. Ad­mis­sion: $7$9. Open Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su 1-5 pm. www.gantt­cen­ter.org 551 S. Tryon St., 704.547.3700. Map 2, E5

HEN­DRICK MO­TOR­SPORTS

NASCAR fans can visit the race shops of leg­endary driv­ers Mark Martin, Jeff Gor­don, Jim­mie John­son and Dale Earn­hardt Jr. at this iconic speed shop just a mile from the Char­lotte Mo­tor Speed­way. Stop at the Hen­drick Team Store to buy gear and wan­der through the mu­seum that chron­i­cles his jour­neys to vic­tory lane. En­trance is free. Open M-F 10 am-5 pm, Sa 10 am-3 pm. www.hen­drick­mo­tor­sports.com 4400 Papa Joe Hen­drick Blvd., 877.467.4890. Map 1, G4

LEVINE MU­SEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH

Home to the na­tion’s most com­pre­hen­sive in­ter­pre­ta­tion of post-Civil War South­ern his­tory, this mu­seum guides vis­i­tors through the lo­cal evo­lu­tion from a farm­ing com­mu­nity to a mill town to a thriv­ing fi­nan­cial cen­ter. Ex­hibits in­clude: “The Vol­un­teers: Amer­i­cans Join World War I, 1914-1919,” Feb. 11-July 9. Ad­mis­sion: $5-8. Open M-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. www.mu­se­u­mofthe­new­south.org 200 E. Sev­enth St., 704.333.1887. Map 2, G4

MEM­ORY LANE

Open since 2001, this mo­tor­sports and his­tor­i­cal au­to­mo­tive mu­seum boasts one of the largest pri­vate col­lec­tions of NASCAR and vin­tage cars around and has pro­vided props and ve­hi­cles for mo­tion pic­tures like “Driv­ing Miss Daisy,” “Tal­ladega Nights” and more. Ad­mis­sion: $6-10. Open M-Sa 10 am-5 pm. www.mem­o­ry­laneau­to­mu­seum.com 769 River Hwy., Moor­se­ville, 704.662.3673.

MINT MU­SEUM RAN­DOLPH

Lo­cated in what was the orig­i­nal branch of the U.S. Mint, Mint Mu­seum Ran­dolph opened in 1936 in Char­lotte’s Eas­tover neigh­bor­hood as the state’s first art mu­seum. To­day, in a beau­ti­ful park set­ting, in­ti­mate gal­leries in­vite vis­i­tors to en­gage with the art of the an­cient Amer­i­cas as well as ce­ramic, dec­o­ra­tive arts, fash­ion, Euro­pean and African art, and many other col­lec­tions. Re­sources in­clude a ref­er­ence li­brary with over 18,000 vol­umes, a the­ater fea­tur­ing lec­tures and per­for­mances, plus a mu­seum shop. Ad­mis­sion: $6-24. Open W 11 am-9 pm, Th-Sa 11 am-6 pm, Su 1-5 pm. www.mint­mu­seum.org 2730 Ran­dolph Road, 704.337.2000. Map 1, D6

MINT MU­SEUM UP­TOWN

This fivestory architectural marvel lo­cated in the heart of Char­lotte’s bur­geon­ing city cen­ter houses in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Craft + De­sign col­lec­tion plus out­stand­ing col­lec­tions of Amer­i­can, con­tem­po­rary and Euro­pean art. Part of the Levine Cen­ter for the Arts, Mint com­prises a larger cam­pus that in­cludes the Bechtler Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, the Har­vey B. Gantt Cen­ter for African-Amer­i­can Arts and Cul­ture, the Knight The­ater and the Duke En­ergy Cen­ter. Plus, Mint Mu­seum in­cludes the James B. Duke Au­di­to­rium, the Lewis Fam­ily Gallery, art stu­dios, a restau­rant and a mu­seum shop. Cur­rent Ex­hibit: “State of the Art: Dis­cov­er­ing Amer­i­can Art Now,” April 22-Sep. 3. Ad­mis­sion: $6-24. Open W 11 am-9 pm, Th-Sa 11 am-6 pm, Su 1-5 pm. www.mint­mu­seum.org 500 S. Tryon St., 704.337.2000. Map 2, D5

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